Tyler Wilson might actually be moving out of the "underrated" category as more and more people are acknowledging that he's underrated. However, ESPN's Mel Kiper has referred to the former Arkansas quarterback as the "forgotten man" in this year's class of signal callers. Wilson is a talented player who isn't afraid to stand in the pocket and take a hit, which he did quite often when leading an offense that struggled through injuries and coaching turmoil this past season. Also, when you listen to him talk, you can tell Tyler Wilson is a guy who loves the game of football and wants to do everything he can to get better and help a team win. Even if he doesn't emerge as a great starting quarterback in the NFL, Wilson will be great in the locker room and push the other players around him.
He is one of the best lineman in the history of college football but Barrett Jones' name wasn't even discussed during a first round that included three offensive lineman being taken in the first four picks. Jones had an unbelievable career in Tuscaloosa, being named the nation's top offensive tackle as a junior and then moving over and becoming the nation's best tackle as a senior. Yet, a postseason foot injury and his size has him lower on people's draft boards. His size wasn't problem over the past four years with the Crimson Tide. Even more ridiculous, some teams have concern that Jones will pursue other opportunities because he already has a master's degree in Accounting and is extremely intelligent. He's tried to address this speculation by saying he's willing to put in the work and would love to have a lengthy career in the NFL. Players in the NFL make stupid decisions ALL THE TIME and now teams are worried that Barrett Jones might be too smart? Considering his track record, he sounds like a guy most NFL teams should be dying to have.
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3. Onterio McCalebb, Auburn
At 5'10", 168 lbs., McCalebb isn't receiving much love from draft projections because of his size. However, people took notice when he ran a 4.29 40-yard dash at the NFL combine earlier this year. McCalebb had an impressive career at Auburn as a back who had the versatility of coming out of the backfield and catching passes. He was also one of the most electrifying return men in college football. During his four years as a Tiger, he racked up 4,566 all-purpose yards, which is good for fourth on Auburn's all-time list. As more NFL teams incorporate elements of the spread offense and read option, Onterio McCalebb could be a dangerous weapon for a coach that uses him the right way.
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